About Volunteers

voucher and mapChicago Shares is comprised solely of volunteers sharing their time and talent in an effort to strengthen their community by helping the homeless and feeding the hungry.

There are many great opportunities to get involved with Chicago Shares and we encourage you to read through the options below and find the one that best suits you.

Current volunteer opportunities:

Sell Vouchers

  • Assist Holy Name Cathedral sell vouchers on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
  • To volunteer at another location that sells vouchers, contact them directly.

Average commitment: varies by vendor

Vendor Recruiter

  • Recruits churches, other religious institutions, and non-profit organizations to sell Chicago Shares
  • Click here to view the PDF with information about what vendors need to do to participate.

Average commitment:  1-2 hours per week

Merchant Recruiter

  • Identifies new merchants that would be good candidates to accept Chicago Shares
  • Contacts prospects (in-person, by phone and/or email) and explains the program
  • Follows-up to answer questions and encourage participation

Average commitment:  1-2 hours per week

Merchant Liaison

  • Visits monthly one or more participating merchants to collect the Shares presented for purchases
  • Submits a check request for the reimbursement of the merchant; picks up the reimbursement check and delivers it to the merchant
  • Serves as the Chicago Shares representative by answering questions and asking for ongoing feedback

Average commitment:  1-2 hours per week

Assistant Voucher Coordinator

  • When the Voucher Coordinator is unavailable, responds to requests for vouchers from churches and other sellers of Shares; fills orders from individual purchasers
  • Deposits proceeds of voucher sales into organization’s checking account; maintains appropriate reports and documentation
  • May require delivering to various parts of downtown Chicago including, but not limited to South & West Loop and near North Side.

(Volunteer is reimbursed for the cost of postage and paper for printing Vendor lists as needed.)

Average commitment:  1-2 hours per week

Publicity Committee Member

  • Meets on average three times a year (90 minute meetings) to develop ideas on how to best communicate Chicago Shares to the general public.
  • Writes (or assists in writing) press releases, draft copy for the websites, brochure and other communications; reaches out to the media and other stakeholders to increase visibility of Chicago Shares

Average commitment:  1-2 hours per week

Young Leaders Board Members

The Chicago Shares Young Leaders Board is a group of Chicago young professionals that help build awareness around the Chicago Shares mission. The goals and objectives of the Chicago Shares Young Leaders are as follows:

  • Build awareness around the Chicago Shares mission
  • Engage young people in serving Chicago Shares
  • Develop a communication strategy for Chicago Shares
  • Identify a tactical plan to build general awareness
  • Execute on tactics including those surrounding specific events such as the 20th Anniversary of the organization in 2013

Average commitment: 1-2 hours per week


If you are interested in helping Chicago Shares please e-mail us at coordinator@Chicagoshares.org or Call 312-573-4494 with your name, the volunteer opportunity you are interested in, and when you are available to help.